Keeping to my theme from Monday’s post, today is about character names. Once I started writing a book with Jonathon as my hero’s name. This was an historical and the name fit the time period and his character.
But it didn’t quite do it for the story.
About 100 pages in, I came to a scene where two thugs were harrassing the hero. Jonathon wanted to talk his way out of the situation. Now I like smart heroes but this seemed a little ridiculous and, frankly, not what I wanted him to do.
Then I changed his name from Jonathon to Everett.
And what did Everett do? He punched took on the two thugs and gave them a much needed whooping.
So if you’re struggling with your characters, maybe your problem is in the name. Here are a few links to look up your names to make sure they mean what you want.
Oh, and one more place you might want to look is in the obits.